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Radiation Therapy for Ovarian Cancer

  • Amy Scholten, MPH
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Radiation Therapy for Ovarian Cancer
Radiation therapy uses special x-rays. It destroys cancer cells and shrinks tumors. It is not used as much as it used to be for ovarian cancer. However, it may be used:
  • After surgery—to make sure all cancer cells are destroyed
  • To ease pain or other symptoms caused by tumors


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  • Treatment option overview. National Cancer Institute website. Available at: https://www.cancer.gov/types/ovarian/patient/ovarian-epithelial-treatment-pdq#section/_156. Accessed March 28, 2022.
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  • Nicole Meregian, PA
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